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Desert Vista vs. Mission Hills (Calif.) at San Diego Cathedral High

The opening game of Saturday’s “Brothers in Arms Classic” tournament featuring Hamilton, Desert Ridge and the Thunder. Desert Vista certainly has different personnel from the better part of the 2011 championship team and 2012 squad, but Jalen Jenks (Oregon commit) and new QB Cade Van Raaphorst will lead the defense and offense, respectively. There are other pieces in play here, and a running-game-by-committee approach may be D.V.’s best option to start the season, but there are other wrinkles here D.V. likes to implement not often seen by California teams. Mission Hills lost in the last year’s playoffs to Eastlake (who is playing Hamilton in the 1:30 p.m. game) but there were significant changes here with a senior-heavy lineup lost to graduation. It’s often a wildcard when an out-of-state team has to travel with 80-plus kids, coach and staff, but the Thunder are a pretty grounded group. If they can get past the nerves early and relative unknown of their opponent, the Thunder catching Mission Hills early could work in their favor.

Prediction: Desert Vista 21, Mission Hills 17

--Mark Heller

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